Coopers Sparkling Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

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Coopers Brewery Limited

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Photo of argock
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12+oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date etched on bottle collar.

A: Orange-gold with copious sediment falling through the brew. Head is thin and champagne-like with no stickiness.

S: Light lemon, grassy hops, and pale malts aromas are there but pretty light.

T: The flavor is inobtrusive and light but not unpleasant. Pale malt sweetness is the most prominent flavor with a bit of lemon-citrus hops to balance it out. Yeast flavors are strong for a pale ale, and toasted malt is more clearly present with warming.

M: Pleasant with a medium-body that has a creamy feel. Carbonation is relatively low. Aftertaste is nearly nonexistent.

D: A decent beer but nothing special -- good if you're in the mood for a lightweight ale.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cooper's Sparkling Ale is an average run of the mill tasting beer. There is nothing special about this beer in any regard except that it taste surprisingly like a homebrewed beer.

I poured my Cooper's, at around 52 degrees, into a tulip rimmed goblet. It poured a cloudy carmel color. It had the same glow as a homebrew. This beer is definately unfiltered (which is nice to see).

The Aroma was nothing special. This beer needs more hops was my first impression. I think if they dry hopped this beer a touch more it would improve greatly. I would also raise the alcohol to around 6.5% ABV. I think these changes would bring this beer from a C+ to a B+ maybe higher.

The taste, like I said, was remeniscient of homebrew - which is not a bad thing, but I expect a more refined, professional brew.

In short, the cost and hype definately did not fit this beer. There wasn't enough to back up the rave reviews from Michael Jackson (the beer geek, not pop singer), Robert Protz, or BA. I just did not understand why this average beer is so well liked. I will not buy it again.

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Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 22/03/09, served lightly chilled and clouded (with yeast sediments) in a straight imperial pint glass, as the "clear serving" I experimented in the past didn't tell an interesting story about this beer.

A: cloudy dark-tangerine-amber in colour, coming with a fast dissipating white froth and abundant but fine carbonation.
S: dryish citrus-peel, a touch of wet wholemeal toast and sugary pale malts seem to dominate the aroma, albeit not overly strong, balanced by a flow of natural fruit-esters (reminiscent of sweet pineapples) as well as barn-house mustiness from the yeast sediments, almost reminiscent of saison+witbier+Yakult... Not particularly complex, but the hoppyness and yeastiness seem to define the special features of this ale. Lovely!
T: a sprizty mouthful of roughly grainy & lightly caramely maltiness comes on top of sour-sweet citrus-fruits, prunes, fennel-like herbs, chalk, gristy malts, and peppery hops, while a powdery palate of yeasts brings up increasingly dryish, slightly licorice-root like bitter-sweetness and a light touch of tangy zests that both linger in the dry & yeasty finish.
M&D: sparkling? well, the texture is in fact spritzy, but with very fine, light and refreshing fizziness; medium-bodied as it is, this ale has retained a rough balance b/w yeasts and malts, while hops sort-of retreat to the second tier to provide a key bitter element overall. This ale is best enjoyed when served cloudy, IMO, and what a thirst-quenching ale this could be!

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy peachy colour with large chunks of sediment with a nice white fluffy head that statys throughout the whole drink.

Smells of dried fruit, some alcohol and sort of like a lager.

Tastes like a heavy lager with some citrus, alcoholic notes and nice and bitter finish.

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Photo of rbettis
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was looking for Sierra Nevada at Outback Steak House. They didn't have it. Tried a nut brown ale (Newcastle tried before) not my kind of beer. Saw Coopers Sparkling Ale and thought what the heck never tried a Autralian ale. Made a good decision. I like the extra carbonation on my tongue.

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Photo of gpogo
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy gold. Definitely chill haze, this was clear before cooled. Small white head that quickly dissipates to a small foam cover and ring.

A- Sweet fruity malt aroma. Apple and pear.

T- A sweet malt, notes of apple. Slightly bittered finishes very crisp.

M- Medium body with moderate-high carbonation. A bit of yeast suspension giving a heavier mouthfeel impression.

D- It's great that Cooper's is keeping the Sparkling Ale style alive. A refreshing and enjoyable session beer. BMC buddies won't mind it either!

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Photo of otakuden
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

pours bright and golden from the bottle, with a decent amount of yeast trickling out with the last of the bottle. personally, i enjoy some of the yeast settled in the bottom of my beer, but usually not all of it. it basically boils down to personal preference. one can pour so as to leave all the settled yeast on the bottom, or enjoy all of its bready yeasty goodness in their brew by swirling the last dregs around in the bottle before pouring it in the glass.

Coopers Sparkling Ale is described as a golden english ale, but it reminds me more of a lighter Belgium blonde ale. i can definitely taste the crisp zing of bitter lemon and a hint of spiced hops, almost reminiscent of spiced apples. the yeast and malt balance each other out very well, hinting of fresh sourdough. a crisp mild bitterness lingers in the back of the tongue, accenting the overall characteristic of the beer.

while thin on the head, it does have a nice nose of lemon and yeast. again, i am reminded of my Belgium golden ales and tripels which have refermented in the bottle. that musky, spicy smell that makes my mouth water.

overall, a fine example of a blonde ale, or as Coopers calls it, a Sparkling Ale. semantics aside, it can sparkle in my glass any day.

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Photo of johanvond
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey colored golden amber with a strong white head that dissipates into a thin cap. The aroma is of bread,yeast and some apple. The opaque body is moderate in viscosity with a sharp cider twinge. There is a cleansing amount of carbonation that finishes dry and slightly hoped. Cooper Sparkling Ale is refreshing and enjoyable. Try with a Red pepper hummus or a mild chana marsala.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried this beer at the Outback Steakhouse here in Chattanooga.

A - Pours thick and cloudy (inverted before opening) golden orange. Tons of carbonation, looks/behaves like champagne almost.

S - One word - Citrus

T - Again citrus with a hoppy finish. Slight chalky after effects.

M - Hearty and 'sparkling'...

D - You will want more than one!

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Photo of RBorsato
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden color with a low white head but nice carbonation. Fruity ale aromas and flavors ... apples and some pear on the nose. Primarily apples in the flavor with some tart characteristics. Light-medium bodied with a dry tart/sour fruit finish.

Don't bother.

Per Label: "Est. 1862" & "Bottle Fermented"

Best Before: 08.08.08
Tasted: 06/28/07

($1.99 / 12.7 oz. brown twist off bottle with "Coopers" logo embossed around the neck (4X)"

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a very finely beaded head that fades to a thin swirl. Slight lacing. The aromas are sweet with bready malt and some bright fruit, but it is by no means heavy. The taste is similar with nicely balanced fruit and bready malt, with a fruity and crisp bitterness on the finish. Smooth and easy to drink. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy/pulpy looking yellow with a pretty sad little head and no lacing.The nose is not inviting at all,it smells sour and confuzed.The taste is a little better with some fruits apples and banana,faint bready malts too with some slightly sour/tart hops.The body is medium to light with a texture similar to that of pulp free orange juice,I thought I would actually feel the yeast,it looked so plentiful on the pour.Pretty drinkable stuff overall,I could see how it would be nice on a hot humid day in the outback,but,I probably won't revisit this one for a while.

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Photo of monkeybeer
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy golden-orange amber with a to of carbonation, looks more like a champagne or a cider in the glass than a beer.
S- A lot of citrus with some hops and malt mixed in.
T/M- It was very crisp and refreshing. It was defiantly sparkling. The beer has a nice citrus taste and was well balanced with hops and malt.
D- I would defiantly get this again. I tried it when I was out to dinner at the outback, but I will pick it up next time at my local BevMo

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Photo of PorterLover83
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one appears to have a hazy gold color with no head on it. The first whiff gave me some fruity undertones with a decent floral hop presence. Taste was a little more on the hop side than I was expecting with some malt coming through to kinda even it out. Mouthfeel was good balance and kinda crisp on the lighter side.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered at Outback, from bottle into tulip glass

A- Moderate yellow, somewhat cloudy with some yeast at the bottom. Beer had a very carbonated look like a champagne.

S- Mostly citrus, with some hops

T- Not a bad flavor, much like a pale ale, but not quite as bitter as most.

M- Highly carbonated, and light.

D- I would say its good, but too carbonated for my taste. It seems as far as going for the sparkling aspect it is very good. I would prefer a standard pale ale over this usually.

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Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I get this at Outback Steakhouse and used to drink it quite often when I worked there. 12 oz bottle poured into a shaped pint.

A: Poured a golden amber with a bit of sediment floating and resting at the bottom. Had some decent, fizzy head that left a good amount of lacing on the glass.Lots of carbonation bubbles shooting up the glass. This looks like a very bubbly Hefe.

S: You get a lot of citrus here. Some more fruit comes out (maybe apple), floral hops and a touch of malt on the back end of the scent.

T: Nice flavors of orange, lemon, peer, and (yet again, possibly) apple. This beer still has a light hoppiness on the finish but it is well balanced with a touch of smooth malt.

M: Very sparkling and bubbly with a good amount of carbonation. The end of the taste still has a creaminess sensation. Very nice.

D: Very drinkable but I can't afford it because Outback is the only place I can pick it up. No local retailers of this brew. Very good though.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy (more or less depending on how much sediment you pour into the glass) golden-orange color with small ring of head.

Sweet malty and estery scents. Some banana, marshmallow, slight caramel, bit of apple, maybe cherry.

Not too much in the taste department, comes of pretty light and a tad watery. Bit of citrus and spice stand out from a lightly diacetyl malt background.

Lively, crisp feel, despite the name, the carbonation could be more aggressive, but still pretty strong. Not bad at all for an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of TwinSox33
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent Aussie Brew! Now..this is what one should be drinking if one wants to truly experience Australian beer! (Fosters here isn't even made there!) This Ale is sparkling indeed! Smooth yet effervescent mouthfeel, yeasty and citrusy-like hops, followed off by just an ever-so-bitter tinge at the end. Quite Quaffable! Not a bad ABV either. I can get a 24 pack of this for $14.99 surprisingly.

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Photo of Portertime
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this one at Outback Steakhouse. I was a little wary after trying the twin bombs James Boag's Premium Lager and Tooheys New Draught. I was pleasently surprised. Poured a fine bubbley gold reminiscent of Champagne. Smelled of nice sweet, fruity malts. Tasted a hint of apple and other fruits. Very quaffable.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including in a trade -
Had on 02/29/08, reviewed from notes:

Pours golden with a thin head.

The smell is of sweet grain, some light fruitiness, some grassy notes.

The taste is of sweet grain and light fruits.

Light, effervescent and pretty crisp.

Might be okay as a heat-beater. It has something to it, but nothing particularly special, IMO. A classic that was probably better years ago relative to what was out there then compared to now.

A classic brew that I'm glad to have a chance to have - Thanks again, John.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.8oz brown bottle with "Best Before" date, poured into pint glass:

A: Slight sediment in the bottom, as expected. This one pours a hazy straw colored yellow, just like a hefe but slightly more orange. Nice short white head.

S: Citrusy hops dominate the with a tinny odor on the back end.

T/M: A good medium bodied English Pale Ale with a moderate to heavy carbonation. The hop oils give this a bitter character that is expected from Aussie beers. Slight pine taste in the middle, then back to the hops for the closer.

D: Sessionable. This one has everything you need with nothing over the top.

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Photo of foles
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad drop. The beer presents like a wheat beer, cloudy hazy, maybe a little more orange than a wheat. The mouthfeel is a little citrusy, with heavy body and a bit of sparkle. The finish is similar but the sparkle (strange isnt it) starts to take over. Its a nice touch.

There is not a huge difference to the Coopers Pale Ale, except maybe the sparkle and the higher alcohol in this one.

Very nice, I might have my next out of the bottle because for some reason the pale ale is more drinkable out of the bottle than in a glass.


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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fl oz single bottle purchased from Total Wine and More for $1.49...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, straw-colored appearance that really resembled a witbier more than anything with a fine layer of sediment at the bottom along with slight carbonation and minimal lacing...
Sweet, citrus and fresh floral aroma bursting through on this one...
Taste strongly complemented the flavor with obvious nuances of fresh, ripe fruit, sweet citrus, florals, slight grapefruit, and pears...
Good, bubbly, sparkly mouthfeel with rich and creamy influences along with an excellent level of easy drinkability...
First beer from this brewery and this one was a winner...
Good stuff...

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Photo of oelergud
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short pin shaped brown 12.7oz glass bottle. Twist off red cap. Black neck label with a red kangaroo, white, black and white label.
Dark orange body with tons of floaties. White head os tiny and small bubbles. Low retention and very little lace.
Sweet fruity scent. Butter and peppered white potato bread.
Well balanced. Some licorice, fruit, hops, potato bread and butter.The aftertaste is mildly hoppy at first but grows in strenght to a nice apex.
Medium body, some coating and a dry finish.
Pretty good drinkability, a different kind of english pala ale though still well within my understanding of the style.


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Photo of avalon07
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color, with an opaque, sediment-rich consistency.

There was a slightly skunky smell about this one. It was malty, but there was something unpleasant about it.

The taste was heavy on malt, but not much else. It just wasn't complex enough to keep my interest.

The mouthfeel was okay, though it could've used a bit more carbonation.

Overall, this is not my sort of beer. It's not necessarily a bad beer, but it's just not that great either.

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